Gardner: Phillies Have To Focus On 2-3 Years Down The Road
With the worst record in Baseball at 32-61, the Phillies appear to be in the midst of full Rebuilding Mode along with bringing up prospects such as Nick Williams and Nick Pivetta. But there are reports of the Phillies interest in acquiring veterans such as Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, and Giancarlo Stanton. In order to make such an acquisition, the Phillies would have to give up some of their top prospects which could stunt their Rebuild.
USA Today Baseball Writer Steve Gardner joined Rich Quinones on Wednesday and discussed what the Phillies should do moving forward:
"Nick Williams (is) an interesting prospect, he's been pretty good. I think they need to rebuild around those prospects like Hoskins, guys like that. I think that's the way to go. We've seen teams like the way Milwaukee has built and the way that the Yankees and not the same sort of ball park, the Cubs back several years ago. It took a couple of years of getting high draft picks, stockpiling prospects and focusing on them like how the White Sox are doing. Focusing on 2 or 3 years down the road and I think if you're making a play for a Christian Yelich, or a Giancarlo Stanton, you're not focused that far down the road. Its a lot closer in and I just don't think they have the rest of the players and the organization to start winning that soon. I think they have to focus on 2 and 3 years down the road to start (seeing) everything coming together."
Checkout what Gardner had to say about Pete Mackanin's future as Phillies Manager, impact of Yankees-White Sox trade, the Mets Injury plagued 2017 season, and more MLB talk